Post # 1
Alright bees, I have a stupid question…. I have heard and read that you should do your makeup heavier than normal for the big day, so that it photographs well. I can see how important this is, after getting my e pics back. Here’s the question… how do you do it “heavier”? Do you just apply extra coats or things like eye shadow and lipstick or do you literally mean darker colors? I know I should know this, but I fail. LOL
Post # 3
@cowoman: It means bolder colors. Not necessarily darker, but more stand out than you would normally wear. For example pastels or nudes won’t show up in your pictures. Ultimately you should do what feels comfortable though. And you don’t want to gross out your groom with multiple layers of makeup, no guy likes that.
Post # 4
@cowoman: Bolder colors and a slightly heavier hand… but be careful if you’re not experienced because you don’t want to look like a clown lol. Kinda like stage makeup except toned down a bit.
For example, I NEVER wear blush in my daily life, but I probably would for wedding photos. I also rarely wear eyeliner because I’m pale and I think dark eyeliner makes me look like a streetwalker but in photos it would make my eyes show up a bit. Fake lashes also look great in wedding pics. Slightly darker lipstick. It’s basically about doing what you can so the photos don’t wash you out and your features are more defined.
You could try looking up some YouTube tutorials.. I know Michelle Phan has some amazing makeup tutorials, and I think she has one on wedding makeup.
Post # 5
That makes more sense! Thank you!!!
Post # 6
That is what my MUA said as well. She also went with longer lashes. Although, I would have been okay with shorter ones (since most of our photos were close up).
Post # 7
It doesn’t necessarily mean darker colours…you can do ‘heavier’ neutral makeup, for example. I work in TV and the main difference I find with the makeup I need to photograph well, it’s all about foundation and contouring. My base is a lot heavier (foundation, concealer plus powder and then blush/bronzer/highlighter to contour on top) and they usually use a heavier foundation formula. It also means more definition so your features are more obvious, and that usually means stronger brows, false lashes and more defined eyeliner (liquid versus pencil).
Post # 8
Ok- A) it’s not a stupid question at all, B) I agree with PP on more definitions, and C) you should stop by a make-up counter at Macy’s or Nordstroms for a free trial and they can show you what colors might be best or how much to put on to photograph well. What look/colors are you playing with? That might help figure out which counter to go to; for example, MAC does a great smokey eye and eyeliners.
Post # 9
It’s not a stupid question. Don’t apply your foundation and concealer too think and heavy because it won’t last. Instead, use thin layers of foundation that’s more full coverage. A great foundation that’s long lasting and has amazing coverage is the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation. I only need one pump and my makeup lasts all day. This one, however, has an spf so if you have a little more money to spend I would go for the Makeup Forever HD foundation. Remember, less is more and the thicker you layer on the product, it simply won’t last.